News That Will Drive You To Drink

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Axios Presents A Both Sides Master Class

Guys, Axios tells us something we already knew, but they have their Smart Brevity ® way of telling us about it with lotsa graphs and stuff (which I am not going to try to embed, you can visit them if you want to see their YUGE brains pulsating with thoughts and whatnot):

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Trust in news collapses to historic low

Americans’ confidence in newspapers and television news has plummeted to an all-time low, according to the latest annual Gallup survey of trust in U.S. institutions.

Why it matters: The erosion of trust in media is one of the most significant signs of deepening polarization in America.

Now, you may be asking yourself this: do these Axios people have ANY SELF AWARENESS? Haha, I jest: of course not.

  • Political party affiliation has become the primary driver of opinions about the media’s trustworthiness, as Gallup has noted.
  • A 2021 poll from Pew Research Center found that Republicans are far less likely to trust media sources that are considered “mainstream.”

¡GASP! The enemy of the people is not beloved by MAGA? Color me shocked.

Details: Television news is today considered the second-least trusted institution in the country, following Congress, according to the poll.

[Insert gratuitous Upchuck Todd joke here; any will serve.]

  • While other institutions have also experienced precipitous declines, including banks and the medical system, others — like small business and the military — have held steady over the past few decades.

I trust the military, too. I won’t say what I trust it to do, but believe me, I make bank. But I digest. Do continue

By the numbers: The trust fall in the news media been driven mostly by Republicans, according to the data.

  • Just 5% of Republicans said they had “a great deal or quite a lot of confidence” in newspapers, compared to 35% of Democrats.
  • Only 8% of Republicans said they had “a great deal or quite a lot of confidence” in TV news, compared to 20% of Democrats.
  • Independents’ views are generally closer to Republicans’.

By now, you might have already noticed a trend. The article says that Americans have lost their faith, but the data shows it is Republicans. What’s up with that?

The big picture: The media trust gap between Democrats and Republicans began to widen during the the Bush and Obama administrations, but grew dramatically during the Trump era and has continued to widen.

In other words, Republicans went off the rails. Democrats didn’t.

Axios want you to believe that it is both sides who are slipping out of reality’s grasp, but the data shows the gap is all on the Right. Well Done, Axios.

Now we don’t trust YOU.

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8 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. schmice3 says:

    Is there a pattern? Republicans destroy Congress. Trump then destroys the Presidency. The Supremes self-destroy the Judicial branch. That’s the three branches right there. Now they want to censor public information. J6 continues; only sotto voce. The fossil fuel industry, the MIC, Big Pharma, traders, and the usual fascist suspects seem to be piling on to make the recovery untenable. They wanted to decapitate the line of succession and now their jackbooted thugs are threatening and attacking voting workers. They want chaos in order to pillage what’s left of this country. Torches and pitchforks to the front!!

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  2. Redhand says:

    Just remember, you must always normalize “The Tribe That Rubs Shit in its Hair.” (Thanks, Driftglass.) It’s our duty as sane people to try to understand them and ignore the foul stench that pollutes everything around them.

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  3. Little Davey says:

    Well done, Tengrain


  4. one might think that trust in news collapsed when every TV in most all waiting rooms was tuned to Fox.

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  5. w3ski4me says:

    I detest being lumped in with the right (wrong) wing about anything. I haven’t trusted the news since Walter Cronkite left the airwaves.


  6. roket says:

    Jolly good. Now do a survey on who is better at telling the difference between real news and fake news, Democrats or republicans. I double-dog-dare them.


  7. Grung_e_Gene says:

    Destroying faith in institutions, like news, medicine, the courts had given immense power to conservative elites who can tell their hordes ‘Say No to the Fauci Ouchie’ and the rightwingers dutifully March off to their demise.


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